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Docking & (Fine) Dining - East Coast

Docking & (Fine) Dining

East Coast

By M. B. Roberts — February 2002


Carrol's Creek Restaurant
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Seascapes on the Pier (reopens in April)
77 Pier Road
Cape Porpoise, ME
Phone: (207) 967-8500
Note: Depending on the tide, you may have to come by dinghy. Check with the Harbor Master.
Lunch (fall only): $20; dinner: $35

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1992. Devour mouth-watering lobster or grilled fan of pork loin while you take in the panoramic view of Cape Porpoise Harbor.

Claim to Fame: romance by candlelight.

Clarke Cooke House
Bannister's Wharf
Newport, RI
Phone: (401) 849-2900
Lunch/Dinner: $20 to $35

This is the focal point of Newport on Bannister's Wharf. People-watch while savoring hearty Newport clam chowder in the 18th-century dining room or outside on the porch.

Claim to Fame: The marina features a who's who of sailing yachts, including Dennis Connor's Stars & Stripes.

The Coach House
(in the Harbor View Inn)
131 North Water Street
Martha's Vineyard, Edgartown, MA
Phone: (508) 627-7000
Breakfast: $8; lunch: $10; dinner: $35 (closed for dinner Sunday and Monday)

At Edgartown Harbor you'll mingle with the most elegant yachts while enjoying a dining room with exquisite views of Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquidick Island. Order steamed mussels with hot crusty bread immediately. Then mull over the bountiful menu at your leisure.

Claim to Fame: The Original Angry Lobster.

Carrol's Creek Restaurant
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD
Phone: (410) 263-8102
Lunch: $12, Dinner: $28

On the grounds of Annapolis City Marina, Carrol's offers weary boaters a comfortable respite. Take in the impressive view of Annapolis Harbor and the historic skyline while dipping warm homemade bread into piping-hot bowls of Maryland cream of crab soup.

Claim to Fame: Sunday brunch.

Bahr's Landing Famous Seafood Restaurant & Marina
2 Bay Avenue
Highlands, NJ
Phone: (732) 872-1245
Lunch: $12, Dinner: $22

A New Jersey landmark established in 1917 by a tall-ship captain's son, Bahr's has evolved from humble beginnings (serving fried eel breakfasts to fishermen) to become an impressive venue.

Claim to Fame: great fishing harbor only one hour from Manhattan, hence the World Famous Manhattan Clam Chowder. Tall ships often gather here before sailing into New York Harbor for big celebrations.

Amory's Wharf
Tidewater Yacht Marina
10 Crawford Parkway
Portsmouth, VA
Phone: (757) 399-0991
Lunch: $7, dinner: $15; closed for lunch on Monday

This white-tablecloth spot boasts a distinctive maritime address: Mile Marker Zero, the ICW's entrance. With a fisherman as chef (David Amory), the catch of the day is varied (eight kinds daily) and fresh. Don't miss the she-crab soup.

Claim to Fame: "Chesapeake Tradition" seafood/meat combos such as soft-shell crabs and grilled pork loin in balsamic vinaigrette.

River Forest Manor
738 East Main Street
(Mile Marker 136 on the ICW)
Bellhaven, NC
Phone: (252) 943-2151
Lunch: $7; dinner: $16

This gorgeous, antique-filled Southern mansion offers everything from guest rooms to a full-service shipyard. Hungry? Savor delectable fare served with a drawl under crystal chandeliers in Victorian parlors.

Claim to Fame: the smorgasboard, featuring buttermilk cheese biscuits, country-style veggies (from the Manor's garden), oyster fritters, and homemade ice cream.

Slightly Up the Creek
130 Mill Street
(Mile Marker 465 on the ICW)
Shem Creek, SC
Phone: (843) 884-5005
Dinner: $12

Check your paddles at the door. Enjoy views of Charleston Harbor while dining on Southern low country fare. (Shrimp and grits with black-eyed peas and fish cooked on wood planks). Don't miss the winter oyster roasts.

Claim to Fame: best martini in town.

The River's End
Palmer Johnson Marina
3122 River Drive (Mile Marker 583 on the ICW)
Thunderbolt (Savannah), GA
Phone: (912) 354-2973
Dinner: $15, closed Sunday

Outdoor dining overlooking the marina, piano player on weekends, locally caught seafood.

Claim to Fame: crabcake-stuffed filet mignon and shrimp Savannah.

Charley's Crab
3000 NE 32nd Avenue (Mile Marker 1061 on the ICW)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone: (954) 561-4800

Great service, including valet parking and dockside assistance, brings `em in. Awesome pasta, seafood (eight to 10 fish specials daily), and desserts bring `em back. "Culinary passport" (Asian- or Caribbean-inspired) menu selections change continually. The warm, inviting atmosphere is unbeatable.

Claim to Fame: cigar dinners.

Little Palm Island
Mile Marker 28.5 on the ICW
Little Torch Key, FL
Phone: (800) 3-GET-LOST
Breakfast: $20; lunch: $30; dinner: $50

Boats and seaplanes ferry in heads of state and other celebs to this gorgeous, private island resort. The dining room features "Floribbean"cuisine with French and Asian undertones.

Claim to Fame: romantic tables right on the beach. The movie PT 109 was filmed here.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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